Fudoin TempleApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

An ancient temple, home to Hiroshima's national treasure and several cultural assets. It is thought that the Fudoin Temple was formerly an ankokuji temple that Takauji Ashikaga and his brother Tadayoshi built in each province during the middle of the 14th century. After the fall of the Takeda clan in the middle of the 16th century, the temple's fortunes temporarily declined. Later, however, when Ekei (who served as Terumoto Mori's attendant priest) became chief priest, the temple buildings were reconstructed and the temple flourished. In addition to having Hiroshima's only national treasure (the Fudoin Temple main hall, or Golden Pavilion), the temple has in its possession a number of other cultural assets designated by the national, prefectural, and city governments, including its bell tower (Important Cultural Asset) and seated image of the Buddha Yakushi, the "Physician of Souls" (Important Cultural Asset).

Courtesy of Japan Tourism Board.